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After 2 years of CoVID and other issues we needed to relax and we did that here. The staff were exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble. Elizabeth in the gift shop has become a friend. We also met so many wonderful people, who like us, had a great time. The food was great, the room was great. CoVID restrictions made it a little quieter than previous Barbados holidays but totally understandable. Would I go back to the Tamarind? Most definitely.
Great hotel in Beautiful Barbados
Recently returned from 14 nights at the Tamarind. The night before we were due to fly the Barbados government announced a curfew from 9pm -6am, this did not affect us as we do not usually eat too late, however it did affect the bar service a little at the hotel especially on a Sunday night as the curfew was even earlier. They tried their best to please everyone but as in every situation a lot of the guests complained. The food was very good and mostly table service ( nice to have a wine selection too) sun beds here are a bit of a problem as you need to reserve by 6am!! But then as there was no entertainment most nights most people were in bed early. Please be clear, I have just pointed out the main negative points, the majority of our holiday was fantastic and that was even with a full day of rain!! The staff at this hotel work so hard, wearing PPE in 32 degrees is not easy!! We had a problem getting our COVID test results back from the airport and the reception staff really helped us. We loved the Water taxi feature to the other hotels, definitely worth booking in for lunch or trying a beach/ pool day elsewhere to compare. Overall had a fabulous time and would return but after COVID when normal service resumes.
Terrific time at the Tamarind
Four of us have just returned from a fabulous stay at the Tamarind, St James, Barbados. We visited in 2015 and since then it has had a modest refurbish, retaining its shabby chic individual laid-back style. The rooms are generous in size, very clean with copious amounts of white fluffy towels and a non- stop supply of beach towels. We were warmly greeted on arrival by Candra who explained the COVID regulations and the all- inclusive daily schedule. We were made to feel very welcome. We had requested by email before our trip, 2 adjoining rooms, this was not given immediately but was quickly resolved and within the hour we had the rooms we wanted. The food was excellent at every meal. The drinks were of a very high quality and were free flowing. Akilla was an absolute star, ensuring we were served quickly and remembered all our names which made us feel so welcome. We had visitors for lunch one day who arrived late when lunch should have finished, but the staff accommodated 8 of us and happily served us, going beyond what should have been expected of them….thank you to all of them. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. The staff go the extra mile to ensure a wonderful stay. We shall be returning next year. Tamarind - THANK YOU!
A special birthday holiday
We had a lovely 10 nights at the Tamarind Hotel. We were concerned about a few very negative reviews, but our concerns were found-less. We found all the staff to be very helpful, courteous and happy in their jobs. These COVID times are very difficult, and we accepted that things would not be completely “normal”
Ignore the negative reviews - this is good!
So for those that follow my reviews, you know I give them as honestly as possible. I will rank each part of the experience. For those looking for a quick review: It is not as bad as people have said. I went to the hotel to propose and had a great experience. Literally, the most covid safe place you could go - just wear your mask and comply. Bedroom (3/5) The bedrooms were good. People complaining on here about them being out of date - you are in the Caribbean. I didn't think they were out of date in my opinion. The standard room was a good size, and so is the bathrooms. Also, our room had a nice view, without an upgrade (236). However, we did get flooding. I will review this under 'maintenance/staff'. Maintenance (3/5) We have a number of people we loved there, but also a number of people that we did not. Firstly, the hotel staff were awesome. The front desk however could do with an improvement. Our room was flooded on our 4th night and rang 3 times. In the end, we requested to speak to the manager (Paul, night-time manager) and he upgraded us to the junior suite. This was an awesome room (217). He, the porter, helped us move out, and I cannot thank them enough! I had to call twice during our stay because our room wasn't cleaned by housekeeping. I must say once we were in the suite upgrade though, I had no issues. We also found Ether to be amazing. She really cared for us, as we were both vegetarian. Also, she is a breath of fresh air in the morning. I wish they had her serving as well as cooking, she would have been a great addition to the mood! Pools (3/5) The hotel has 3 pools, one adult-only spa pool. 2/3 pools were kept clean, whilst the spa pool was, it is in a courtyard, so it is bound to get leaves in them. The guy there cleaned it every few hours though when people (included me) were using it. Service is good too, although you do have to go to either of the two bars. Again I had no issue with this. Towards the end of the stay, however, there was a nice man who came around to the spa pool to offer drinks. So if this is the reason you are worried, don't be. For £3000 though, I would expect a much bigger pool area, though it was never crowded. Beach (2/5) Beach for me was good, but not the best. I have been to Cancun, India, for example, and I must say I prefer them. The beach isn't raked or cleaned really, apart from litter pickers in the morning and evening. Also to note, there are no 'private' beaches in Barbados. The most negative experience for me was being harassed by the same salesman, every day. On the 3rd day, he even shouted at me, until the security guard came and told him to go, (Sasha - she was really nice and warned us). Unfortunately for me, I stopped going to the beach, even though my now Fiancee really wanted to go every day! Food/Restaurants (2/5) So aside from the bad beach experience, for those who are vegetarian and fussy, you will be ok for 7 nights. To be honest, after that, you would struggle. I was disappointed that for one of the nights, (Tuesday - upon arrival) they didn't even have a vegetarian option. After speaking to someone senior at the restaurant (sugar cane), they sorted out a really nice veg spaghetti. One thing to note, which again is negative at the resort, there is a bar that serves food from lunch onwards (265 bar). They do pizzas, chips, veg wraps. I would really like to see something similar for veggies at the al a cart. Due to COVID, we were limited in going outside (just because we didn't want to catch anything), but I think for an all-inclusive, you should be - inclusive. I was also disappointed, that no one ever explains to you where you can eat. We only found out about the bar menu when we saw someone eating a pizza, and found a bar food menu. I asked the member of staff at the restaurant who said no this is the only place you can eat. My last negative point is that although there were some great, hard-working people, there was one waitress that needed an attitude change - and I had told her to that effect. I completely understand the issues of COVID, and also the animosity and anxiety it can cause, but at the end of the day, us paying £3000 to stay, pays the wages. I don't expect smiles, but I also do not expect attitude, such as taking our plates when we are clearly eating from them, or just the general eye roll. Thankfully we never saw her again! One good thing though, they have live entertainment, and I tell you what, some incredible singers! Views (4/5) The views are incredible. The beach (especially to the west of the resort) was also lovely. There is much to do, just by walking along the coastline - I have no idea why there are negative reviews about it. Activities (4/5) Plenty of water activities, however, these are not included. A bit pricey, but people going on them had a lot of positive things to say. Recommend the glass bottom boat. Overall 3/5 Though my review is only 3/5 - please do not be disheartened. I cannot explain my anxiety with the amount of negative (and in my view) false reviews about the place. Yes, I agree with an extra 2 or maybe 3 pool/staff would have been great, but at no point was I waiting for food, waiting for drinks at my table or my bar. At no point was I struggling to get something. Someone was always there to help. If you want to travel during the worst modern pandemic, then you have to cut yourself a bit of slack. I wouldn't go here again, but that is only because of the amount if costs. For half this price, an all-inclusive at a RIU Palace would have been a 5/5, but at no point did I think, 'I want to get my money back'. Please, if you have booked here, go with an open mind, and go knowing that if there is anything wrong there - you will be safe. One thing to take away when you come home is that here in the UK, we really take for granted our vaccine, whilst over there, they are working so hard to protect everyone. To anyone travelling - a word from me - just wear your mask. Sick and tired of seeing security having to tell people from the UK - its common sense - do it, and keep them and yourselves safe! Enjoy your travels *Update* unfortunately TA will not let me upload all the photos due to the file sizes - I have tried to re-size. Apologies.
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